Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
An independent documentary film that tells the personal stories of workers across America's largest private employer who are standing up, fighting back and changing lives. Coming in Spring 2019!
An independent documentary film that tells the personal stories of workers across America's largest private employer who are standing up, fighting back and changing lives. Coming in Spring 2019!
581 backers pledged $52,000 to help bring this project to life.

About

Can't Take It No More! project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Can't Take It No More!

$52,000

581

WE DID IT!!!!! Thank you ALL who helped us reach this goal! We are speechless!!!!

With 16 hours left, please keep sharing!

EXCITING NEWS: Another angel donor is offering a $3,000 Match Challenge to help us reach our goal TODAY! Any dollar pledged up to $3,000 will be matched!! 40 Hours Left!

NEW REWARDS! 
Thank You Workers Unite! Film Festival for donating T-shirts, Festival Passes and a Special Screening to this campaign! Get one of 15 T-shirts available! 


6.15

We just had one of our incredible backers commit to matching any pledge between now and Sunday night up to $5,000. This would mean we could raise $10,000 in the next three days! Please join the match challenge today! 

We are in the HOMESTRETCH! Thank you to everyone who has been sharing and supporting us! With one week to go we still have half our goal to raise! We believe we can make it, but please keep spreading the word about this project! 

6/7 - Yep, we managed to find ourselves inside the Walmart shareholders meeting along with Pharell, Robin Thicke, Alloe Blacc, Harry Connick, JR. and a group of Walmart strikers who had the chance to speak directly to new CEO Doug McMillon about their challenges working at Walmart. He said he wanted to make them part of the solution! Let's hope he meant it. 

6/2Filming in Phoenix with Walmart workers who are on strike from across the United States. They have come to Phoenix (where Rob Walton has several homes) to hold him accountable for labor practices he could directly change and to reach out to Phoenix Walmart associates to tell them they are not alone. 

5/30 
Check out this new scene we just edited featuring Terry O'Neill President of The National Organization For Women (NOW) talking about how Walmart's business model impacts women. 

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

5/29
NEW PERK!!! Thank you to Culture Strike for donating 10 of these awesomely designed posters from the Black Friday walkout in 2012! Get a piece of history and art. 

5/27 
Today we reached two milestones! We reached over 100 backers and hit the $14,000 mark. Thank you for everyone who is sharing the campaign! Countdown to Bentonville.  

5/26
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR BACKERS SO FAR! WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT! JUST ONE WEEK UNTIL WE BEGIN FILMING! 

ABOUT THE FILM. Can't Take It No More! is a feature-length documentary that tells the stories of four workers across Walmart’s global empire who are standing up, mobilizing their co-workers and communities, and striving to build a better future for themselves and their families – all in the face of unrelenting employer opposition and intimidation. While many Walmart employees live near the poverty line, the founding family of Walmart includes six of the wealthiest individuals in the world. The film will also provide an in-depth look at how the Walmart economy is contributing to rising income inequality in the United States and around the world.

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH. On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapsed and killed more than 1100 garment workers. They were among more than 4 million people working in Bangladesh’s garment industry. While Walmart initially denied that it sourced any garments from the factory, subsequent revelations indicated that suppliers to Walmart had previously placed orders with the factory. Despite this and other garment factory tragedies, Walmart has opposed efforts to have legally binding fire and safety standards at Bangladeshi factories producing clothing sold in its stores. On that same April day, more than 1.3 million people were working in U.S. Walmart stores, and tens of thousands of sub-contracted warehouse workers were loading and unloading trucks full of garments and other products bound for Walmart stores.

THE GLOBAL EMPIRE. Across this manufacturing, shipping and retail empire, Walmart – now the largest private employer in the world – dictates prices and standards to vendors and suppliers, and effectively sets the terms and conditions of employment for millions of workers around the globe, whether it employs them directly or indirectly. And these standards are typically low, at or below poverty wages in the United States, and less than $100/month in Bangladesh. While Walmart directors and large shareholders profit enormously from this global empire, economic inequality in the United States is reaching near-record levels.

Walmart is at the very center of this dynamic. Six members of the Walton family – six individuals who are heirs to the Walton family fortune – now control more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of U.S. income earners. At the same time, Walmart’s low wages and poor benefits compel many of its employees to seek public assistance, including Medicaid and food stamps. A 2013 Congressional study estimated that each Walmart “superstore” costs U.S. taxpayers nearly $1 million in public subsidies for its employees.

This is part of the broader context for this film. But such statistics, numbers and trends do not convey the powerful stories of individual workers who are increasingly standing up, speaking out, and connecting with each other as they work together to improve conditions in their workplaces and in their communities.

WORKERS' STORIES. CAN'T TAKE IT NO MORE will tell the stories of workers across Walmart’s global empire from the ground up – from the garment factories, to the warehouses, to the retail stores. It will also connect the dots across that empire, telling the larger story of Walmart’s labor standards and global practices. More importantly, the film will tell the story of workers who are pushing back, and show how the very act of speaking out and standing up has profound and transformational effects upon them, their families and their co-workers. 

Tiffany stood up and took on Walmart's discriminatory pregnancy policy.
Tiffany stood up and took on Walmart's discriminatory pregnancy policy.
Former Walmart cashier Angela is mobilizing workers in Florida.
Former Walmart cashier Angela is mobilizing workers in Florida.

 GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING! We believe deeply in the power of grassroots organizing and fundraising to bring this film to life. The funds raised will go toward production expenses required to follow our four main characters as they each stand up for respect and better working conditions. We will travel to Bangladesh, Arkansas, California, Florida, around the D.C. area, and more to capture, primarily through verite-style filmmaking, the challenges and joys of standing up and fighting back. While we will ultimately need about $150,000 to finish this film, this initial support will take us through a large portion of our production costs. More importantly, it will prove that there is strong support for a film that tells the stories of real people behind the headlines in a struggle to improve the largest private employer on the planet.

THIS IS THE STORY OF ALL SERVICE WORKERS. Ultimately, this film is not only the story of direct and subcontracted Walmart employees; it is also the story of millions of other retail workers, fast food workers, bank workers and many other service workers who now make up the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy. When it comes to employment standards, Walmart may be a leader in a global race to the bottom, but companies such as Target and McDonald's follow a very similar model. What Walmart does, and what Walmart workers who are organizing can do, has implications for most every community in the United States, for other multinational employers, and for millions of workers and their families around the world.

 THANK YOU TO OUR OUTREACH PARTNERS!

Interview with Terry O'Neill, President of the National Organization for Women. NOW has been a long-time supporter of Walmart workers.
Interview with Terry O'Neill, President of the National Organization for Women. NOW has been a long-time supporter of Walmart workers.


We are so grateful to the organizations that have committed to working with us around outreach and engagement for this film project: JOBS WITH JUSTICE, the INTERNATIONAL LABOR RIGHTS FORUM, the NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN (N.O.W.), OUR WALMART, MAKING CHANGE AT WALMART, the UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS (UFCW), and UNITED STUDENTS AGAINST SWEATSHOPS (USAS). 
When the film is complete, we look forward to working with these and additional outreach partners to organize local screenings and discussions that will lead to dialogue and action at the local and national levels.

FAQs:

WHAT IF I WANT TO GIVE ANONYMOUSLY? We understand that some  Walmart workers may want to support this project but will not want to publicly support this Kick starter campaign due to fear of retaliation by Walmart. You can give anonymously, but you will need to create a Kickstarter account and create a login that does not use your real name, like STANDUP4RESPECT. Once you create your Kickstarter account, you will pay via Amazon.com. We assure you that your identity and amount pledged will be kept anonymous. 

HOW ELSE CAN I HELP?
Over the next year we will be filming in Arkansas, California, D.C., Florida, Illinois, and Bangladesh. For many of these shoots we will need help with sound, camera, and field producing. If you are interested in working with Can't Take It No More in this capacity, please message us through the campaign. 

There will also be extensive travel required for this film to document this global movement. If you are interested in donating frequent flyer miles or points for hotels please send us a message.  

THANK YOU! 
 We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported this project. Please share this campaign as much as possible!

S T R E T C H  G O A L S:
 
$75,000 Since Kickstarter is an ALL OR NOTHING platform, we decided to start with $50,000 as our initial goal. However, we have an initial stretch goal of $75,000 which will cover the bulk of our production costs and travel!

$125,000
If we can get to $125,000 we would be able to not only handle the production expenses of the film, but also post-production! The sooner we raise the money, the sooner the film can be shot, edited and released.

While we know this is a ton of money to raise, these are the very real costs of making a documentary and for paying our crew and team to work on it! To put it in perspective, the CEO of Walmart makes $21,000 an hour. 

If we can make it to the $50,000 goal, we will release new perks for the stretch goals! By reaching these stretch goals, we are also sending a message to distributors and TV networks that there is a huge interest in this film!  

Risks and challenges

The biggest risks and challenges of this film will be the logistics of traveling and filming our characters in at least five different locations, including Bangladesh, Florida, California, D.C., and Maryland. Because we are also following workers who are speaking out in the face of ongoing and sometimes illegal retaliation by their employer(s), we don't know how their stories will unfold, nor where they may be employed a few months from now.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    I CAN'T TAKE IT NO MORE!

    Show your solidarity with this film and the movement! THANK YOU for your support! Includes your name listed in the film's credits!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    57 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    STAND UP! For ten dollars, we will thank you on our social media sites & send you a campaign button and sticker.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    38 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $19 or more About $19

    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

    Get a digital download of the film and keep your carbon foot print low!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    96 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    EARLY SUPPORTER DVD! Be one of the first contributors and get the DVD at this level. Only 50 available. Please note that we are in the early stages of developing the film and final DVDs will be ready by January of 2016!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 50 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    WORKERS UNITE! FILM FESTIVAL T-SHIRT. Get the official 2014 Workers Unite Film Festival t-shirt! Includes a digital download of "Can’t Take It No More!"

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 13 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    DVD! Get the DVD of Can't Take No More!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    50 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    PRODUCTION STILL! We will send you a black and white photo of your choice from the field. This could be a shot from an action or strike by workers, activity around the Walmart shareholders' meeting, or a portrait of our main characters.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    12 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    MOVIE POSTER. Get the official, Can't Take It No More poster (11x17).

    Please note, this is not movie-theatre size.

    Includes digital download of the film. Poster will be ready by November 2014 & Digital Download will be ready when the film is finished.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    18 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    ORGANIZING 101!: Join the filmmakers and an experienced organizer for a Google Hangout (your identity can remain anonymous) and an experience organizer will spend an hour talking about best practices in organizing and knowing your rights at work.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    WORKERS UNITE! SPECIAL SCREENING. Enjoy a special screening with the top two films from the 2015 Workers Unite Film Festival in New York City (travel not included), along with a sneak peek scene from "Can’t Take It No More!" Screening to be attended by "Can't Take It No More!" co-producers Michael Blain and Kiley Kraskouskas, plus the filmmakers from the featured films.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    WAKE UP, STAND UP!

    Get an official, CAN'T TAKE IT NO MORE coffee mug that will remind you to fight for your rights! Includes a digital download of the film. Mug will be available by December of 2014. Download will be available in 2016.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 43 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $65 or more About $65

    WORKERS UNITE! FILM FESTIVAL PASS. Get the full 10-day pass to the Workers Unite Film Festival in New York City in May of 2015! (travel not included). Plus a ticket to the SPECIAL SCREENING & DVD of "Can’t Take It No More!"

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    T-SHIRT & DVD. You will get a union-made t-shirt will the film title and logline. Please note, t-shirt will be ready by November of 2014, but DVD will not be available until 2016.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    40 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    BLACK FRIDAY WALK OUT POSTER!
    Thank you to Culture Strike for donating 10 of these powerful Walk Out On Walmart posters from Black Friday 2012. ONLY 10 available. Ready to ship as soon as campaign ends!! 18x24 Includes digital download when film is finished.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    COMMUNITY SCREENING! Includes a blu-ray or DVD of the film and a copy of our screening kit that will allow you to host a screening of the film with your community. Screening packages will be available during the theatrical release of the film in advance of the DVDs.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    12 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    LABOR LEADER. For this reward, you will receive an associate producer credit in the film, a t-shirt and poster, as well as three copies of the DVD and a screening kit.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    PRODUCER! Includes a private, advance screening of the film and dinner hosted by the filmmakers in Washington, D.C. Also includes credit in the film, five DVDS, t-shirt, and poster, and our DEEPEST THANKS!!
    Travel expenses covered by donor.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER! Includes a private, advance screening of the film, 2 tickets to the film's premier, and dinner hosted by the filmmakers in Washington, D.C. Also includes an OPENING CREDIT in the film, 20 DVDs, 2 T-shirts, and a poster.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  19. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    REBEL WITH A CAUSE!
    In addition to our deepest thanks this level comes with an Executive Producer credit in the beginning of the film, an advance screening of the rough cut, 2 VIP tickets to the film's premiere, the mug, poster, and t-shirt and 10 DVDs.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  20. Select this reward

    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    GAME CHANGER!
    For $10,000 we will include a full THEATRICAL SCREENING with the filmmakers and at least one character from the film in a theater in the city of your choosing. Also includes: front title credit as Executive Producer, a chance to see three early cuts of the film, plus, 5 t-shirts, the mug, a poster, and 25 DVDs. Also includes two VIP tickets to the film's premiere and our gratitude for life.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (40 days)